Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future.
Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh and Stewart Granger
George Bernard Shaw (play), George Bernard Shaw (screenplay)
August 19, 2012 Subject:
This is a film that should be on the "must see" list. It's a great spectacular and in color.
Claude Raines was, as always wonderful. He was an actor's actor. Stewart Granger gave a slightly silly performance as a slightly silly guy. He shows lots of leg, more than Cleopatra did!
Vivian Lee is Scarlet O'Hara in this. Young, silly juvenile. She did that part so well. When she was serious, you always wondered when she would revert to an insecure teenager.
Don't expect historical accuracy of any kind. Totally forgotten was the fact that Cleopatra had a son by Cesar (she actually had several children and was known to be a loving mother). This film is pure entertainment at it's best. Imagination and craft went into this. Imagine, in it's time how it would have been enjoyed by so many people for whom movies played an important part in their lives.
August 10, 2012 Subject:
I am not fond of color movies
But this one has Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was also written by George Bernard Shaw.
Some liberties have been taken with history and there is a great deal of historical speculation on the part of the writer, but a great movie overall.